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The Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Coliseum on 1979-11-01




Set 1

Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Peggy-O, Minglewood Blues, Candyman, Looks Like Rain, Don't Ease Me In, Easy To Love You, Promised Land

Set 2

Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Samson & Delilah, Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Black Peter-> Good Lovin', E: U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Nassau Coliseum
Location Uniondale, NY

Source SBD -> Master Cassette (Sony TC-D5M/UDXL-II) -> Dat (Panasonic SV3800/48k)
Lineage Dat (Sony R500) -> Tascasm SS-R05 -> Adobe Audition v3.0 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller

Notes

Notes:
-- Set 2 is seamless
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction

Reviews

Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - - July 15, 2015
Subject: Average show for Brent's first year.. Has moments.

This show is known for the longest Scarlet>Fire (released as a hidden track on Dick's #13): 33 & 1/2 minutes, when played at the right speed. Sometimes people conclude that longest version = history = best show ever.

1st Set. Jack Straw starts strong (has the "now we play for Clive" lyric) followed by a smokin' They Love Each Other. I love Jer's approach on this during the early-Brent era. The rest is average to below average for '79. There are good fills on Candyman and Looks Like Rain has different drumming at the beginning. A creaky Easy to Love You is in its early version, before the lyric change (Go to Heaven was being recorded before/after this tour). A typical set for 79/80 but with long breaks, tune-ups and chatter.

2nd Set. The Scarlet>Fire that opens the set is what attracts to this show. It's fine, but not what the hype would have you believe (that length = best). The SB misses the opening and runs 2% slow on all sources but this one. The Miller.113354 neatly seams-in the AUD at the right speed but the sound board portion is still .5-1% slow, which is fucking weird. Worse, Dick's Picks #13 egregiously runs this track 2% slow and sounds freaking awful. It's a languorous version even at the right speed, so rip your CD into your software, tune it up and hear the improvement. Even then, it's a pepless ticklist-version for history and not one of the best of the early-Brent period (e.g. 10/14/83 is only seconds shorter and much better). That said, it's the Fire half where things gel (Jer is shaky on Scarlet, "rings on fingers and shoes on her shoes/too cool to open too cool to bluff"). Quantity alone is never quality in deadland. This is the 10th ScarFire with Brent. Conversely, Samson cooked in this period and sat in the second set. Terrapin also starts with an AUD then segues to a 1%-slow SB. Playin' not only has no speed problem, it's one of the best of the era: perfectly tight. Black Peter goes to AUD in the middle, and is attentively rendered. Bob and the Rhythm Devils were more on their game than Jer and Phil (though you might say that for 79/80 ). Ironically, this show is better than the one in full on DP13, which also includes part of this show, unlisted, but not the highlights.

1st Set:  C
2nd Set: C+
Overall = 2 & 3/4 Stars

Highlights:
They Love Each Other - different than other years
Samson & Delilah - A peak period for this
Playin' in the Band - An A+ version
Black Peter - uptempo, era-hot

SOURCES: The Miller 113354 is the best copy of what used to circulate in lesser quality (but still doesn't have the speed on-the-money). The SB is pretty dry but a great Hunter-Seamons matrix fixes that. The Dick's #13 version of Scarlet>Fire is untenable.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - - November 2, 2012
Subject: Hide and seek....
I listened to Dick's Picks 13 for years before I realized this Scarlet>Fire was included as filler on disc 2! It is not listed in the tracks on DP 13. It is one of the longest versions ever played and they are absolutely on....
Reviewer: cortelle - - November 1, 2012
Subject: is this the longest Scarlet Fire?
I stuck these two tunes together into a single file and I show 34:46.

I show December 27, 1983 clocking in at 31:19, and then September 01, 1979 at 30:07.

Any other known versions over 30 minutes?

The one from this show (11/01) gets 'out there' during the transition.
Reviewer: Jack o' Roses - - May 7, 2011
Subject: An update to The Scarlet>Fire
"Bells on her fingers & ?Chickens? on her shoes"
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